Ipswich Pony Express Photos – June 25 meet

Clubster John R. took some great photos!  Check them out HERE

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Rich Z’s FAC Scale winning Ercoupe
Sean R launches his spiffy new Nassise P-40
Vance Gs beautiful Kalinen ambulance a/c.
WW1 hijinks. George’s SE5 won the event
Tom N’s new Sopwith Tabloid fell to George S’ SE-5 in the WW1 Combat event

Great weather, Light Turnout

Some folks were on vacation.  Some folks were at the beach.  And some folks were enjoying a long leisurely bike ride (clubster Steve K did stop by on his Cannondale to check out the flying action). 

Maybe it was the rescheduled date from the previous weekend which was very windy.  Regardless, it was a terrific flying day with light winds and thermals.  A couple models landed in the nice shade trees ringing the field, but were retrieved without damage.  Flying at the Pony Express field was low-key with lighthearted yet keen competition.   A fine time was had by all.

A hearty thanks goes out to Rich Z who made the arrangements for the field and worked with the town to reschedule the meet to a day with better weather.  Well done!

Genial John R. drove up from Boston and had his iphone working overtime capturing the action.  It’s always fun to see John’s pictorial take on our meets.

Check out John’s pics at https://photos.app.goo.gl/dQHaAjcxEN1vfAuT7

John says have some fun with the pics – go ahead and post your comments/captions, etc.

Thanks skysters!

Photos from May 14 Outdoor Season Opener at Woodsom Farm

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Evan and dad Rob with Skylark
Sean with his new Leopard Moth
Steve with his new Corvette
Steve K winds his Hi-Climber
Matt’s stunning Pfalz DIII FAC Scale model  featured a balsa monocoque fuselage

Outdoor Season opener a big success!

Well gang, the 2022 Stealth Sqdn outdoor flying season got off to a strong start on Saturday May 14.

The weather at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA started off with more wind than expected.  But the wind moderated by midday and many long flights were made.

New Models

Flyers were productive over the long winter building season and several new models were seen in the air.

Steve E was spotted flying his big Condor and another new rakish sport model he calls Corvette.  Terrific new designs from Steve.

Sean R entered a great flying Leopard Moth in the Golden Age Civil event.  We think this was from an EasyBuilt kit.

Several Comet T-Crafts from the Indoor One Design event were seen flitting about. 

Vance G put in a few promising test flights with his outstanding new Latecoere FAC Scale Model.  Vance built this from enlarged Steve Griebling plans published in an old Crosswinds newsletter.

Tom N flew his new flat-winged Airdevel Fokker Transport dime scale model.

And there were many more.

Hot Competition

Camaraderie and freindly competition is featured in all Stealth Sqdn meets,  but there were a couple special moments at the May 14 meet. 

Sean R won the hotly contested WW2 mass launch event with his reduced-size version of the Nassise Mustang.

The P-51 “Old Crow” flew straight and long using up much of the field to edge out Tom N’s Polikarpov I-153.

Sean in turn got edged out in the Golden Age/Modern Civil event.  His DH Leopard Moth just couldn’t hang in there against Rich Z’s Guillow’s Fairchild 24 which was flown by Evan P.

Vance G’s dainty little General Airistocrat was flying great and won the Peanut Scale event. 

It was a great day.  See you in June  at the Ipswich Polo Field meet skyster!

 

Last Indoor Meet April 3rd – Outdoor Amesbury Dates Posted

Fly Indoors in Georgetown MA on Sunday April 3!


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Clive G’s DH Leopard Moth
Well be flying Outdoors at Woodsom Farm soon!
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Glastonbury April 10 meet Cancelled!

Whew, we’ve got lots of info to share about upcoming club activities!

First, your last opportunity to fly Indoors this season is this coming Sunday April 3.  Yep,  we’ll be flying in  the Penn Brook Middle School gym in Georgetown MA.  Check out the flyer at top of this post for the Event roster.  See you there!

Check out clubster John Rood’s terrific photos from the March 13 indoor meet here.

And unfortunately the April 10 Meet in Glastonbury CT has been CANCELLED

2022 OUTDOOR AMESBURY DATES SET

Good news here gang.  A full slate of dates has been set for Outdoor Meets at fabulous Woodsom Farm in Amesbury MA.

Check the Upcoming Dates in the sidebar, or the Calendar page of this site and mark you calendars.  Time to get those new models finished up and ready to go!

We’ll be flying many of our popular events at these meets.  Look for the specific Contest Flyers to be posted as the dates approach.   We’ll be posting the Pinkham Field (Durham CT) meet dates soon too.  Lot’s of flying is on the horizon for 2022 for sure!

See you on the flightline skyster!

 

 

 

Postal Dime Winners Announced!

Trailing Edge repeats and takes the Cap AGAIN!  Giov wins the NBM Kanone!


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Trailing Edge’s Curtiss SBC-3 Dime Scale Model (Published in that great Newsletter MaxFAX – highly recommended!)

 

The Wing Commander’s Cap!

JetKo was in a commanding position.  His 61 sec Aeroneer flight in bone-chilling 12 degree weather yielded a very high bonus-enhanced score.

But March turned and a pair of Curtiss Helldivers appeared screaming out of the late winter sun.   The poor Aeroneer was left smoking on the tarmac and the deed was done.

The Wing Commander’s Cap …sigh…  Once more it will return to Virginia,  that nemesis of the North.

Trailing Edge Triumphs.. Again

Ughh!  We’re trying to forget the Tom Brady trash talk after last year’s win.  It’s hard.  Angus even stacked the deck…. pffft! 

We gotta give TE some credit though.  He did use a different model to win this time.  Not one to fiy the same crate and win year after year.  That’s style. 

OK, OK TE, a slight tip o the cap to you.  Remember though, this ain’t no Schneider Cup and you don’t get to keep the Cap!

Giov Wins Top Non-Blue Max Spot

Well now we’re talking!  All the way from the frozen tundra of upstate NY.  Angus questioned the vintage of that T-28, but since Giov is a second-time entrant and he also flew a new model.  He’s in.  Congrats!

We think this might be Giov’s first Kanone.  ALL HAIL!

the Billings Baby Bullet!

Sacre Bleau!!  Flying rubber-powered stick and tissue models in MINUS ELEVEN DEGREES??!!  Yep, all the way from Montana, Baby Bullet truly pegged the Temperature Bonus meter.  Bullet  finished his DGA-9 Dimer at about 7:15 pm, walked across the street, flew it and got on the Tallyboard.  The True Spirit of the Skies!  Kudos to  OOS Sand  and NRE for similar Spirit.  A tip o the cap to you all! 

 

2022 Roudenbush Model Building Class – Feb Indoor Results

Register for the Model Building Class at Westford’s Roudenbush Center now.  Classes start in March!

 


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Click to view March 13 Indoor Contest Flyer
  Model Class will build the 30in wingspan Condor pictured here

March 13 next Indoor Contest

Click on the Contest Flyer image at left to view the details.

While you’re at it check out the Feb 6 contest results at left as well.

Oh, and there’s only about a week to ten days left to get in your Postal Dime Contest entry.  We’ve had a few more entries and it looks like our southern flyers are in the catbird seat again!  Will it be you that gives the C’ville Flyer a run?

2022 Modeling Class starts March 16

You may recall that clubster Steve Evans ran a model airplane building class last year where a bunch of folks built and flew his Skylark design.  If you missed it, check out the report with pics here.

Well, Steve’s at it again and the new Roudenbush class will start on March 16.  There’s still time to Register, but you better do it quick!  Click on the link below and the Hobbies/Gaming subheader link from there to register.

REGISTER FOR MODEL CLASS

The 30 inch wingspan Condor pictured in flight in the header photo will be the class build subject.  This is a bigger model than Skylark and will be just a super flyer.  We really like that flat wing center section.

Hopefully, we’ll see a bunch of these flying out on Woodsom Farm this coming outdoor season.

See you on the flightline skyster!

 

 

 

Roudenbush’s Model Building Class Graduates!

The first Class at Westford’s Roudenbush Center recently graduated and flew their Skylark models

 


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A young flyer watches his Skylark head into the blue
Steve & Gary discuss launch technique
Brrr! A chilly November day didn’t dampen enthusiasm to fly!
Steve E and students enjoying a great flying session at Texas Rd flying their Skylarks. From left to right, Steve E, Joe M., Rob L. and his son, Dave A. and Gary M.

Model building & Flying FUN!

The first Model Airplane Building Class at Westford’s Roudenbush Center recently completed and flew their Skylark models.

The models flew well, with one Skylark putting in a 54 second flight flight in the crisp November air.  That’d be a great flight at any of our local meets (see updated Calendar page for coming indoor flying sessions).

Kudos to Clubster Steve E for leading the class at the Roudenbush where the Skylarks were built over several weekly classes.  The creative hands-on  activity even caught the attention of the Lowell Sun newspaper which ran a photo feature recently!

And kudos to the Model Builders as well.  We look forward to seeing these Skylarks and other new models and modelers at our upcoming flying sessions. 

Steve tells us that another Model Building Class will be starting up at the Roudenbush sometime in 2022.  So stay tuned and join in the fun!

Skylark is the latest of Steve’s Free Flight rubber powered model designs.  Watch Steve fly his Skylark here.

What fun it is to watch new folks experience this rewarding hobby.

See you on the flightline skyster!

 

 

 

November 6 Meet Pics/Results – Indoor One Design Announced!

see lots more pics on Photos page and John R’s Google photos

Contest Results
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Smiles all around. Yes, those free flight model airplane folks are just so much fun to be around!
How many can you name?  Team Skelly always comes fully loaded to fly. William’s new enlarged Nassise P-47 in the background flew exceptionally well and looked really great in its Easybuilt Mt Fuji olive and gray tissue.
A Fleet Floatplane model flies through the early morning sun
Check out the abundant details on Matt K’s beautiful Piper Vagabond peanut scale model. Matt owns and flies the real full-sized Vagabond too! We’d say that’s the best sort of scale documentation….n’est-ce pas?

Season close at Woodsom Farm!

What perfect flying weather we had for the Nov 6, 2021 contest.

Mostly warm temps and light breezes made for just a super meet.

Good friends from New York and Connecticut made the trip to fly compete and have fun.  John Rood and spouse Kathi came up from Boston, ran a few events and took some great pics.   We’ve presented a few here, but check this Link to see the entire collection.

And don’t forget gang, there’s still one more chance to fly free flight models outdoors this season.  The Pinkham Field Turkey Fly is this coming Sunday Nov. 14.  Click the meet flyer image at top of the left column for the details. 

There’s more!  The Indoor Season will commence just after the New Year opens in early January.  Meet/Contest dates will be posted to the Calendar on this site very soon. 

The One-Design model for the coming indoor season has been selected – the Comet 20in Taylorcraft.  Check out the One Design page on this site for the details including download links for the full-sized construction plan and event rules.

There’s lots more coming soon gang so check into this Homepage often for the latest.

See you on the flightline skyster!

 

 

 

October 10 Woodsom Farm Pics Posted!

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John & Kathi Rood

 

Like puppets on a string, four FF scale models jockey for position in the 2nd sortie in the World War 1 combat event.

Flying at Woodsom Farm!

The day dawned overcast and chilly. 
But that didn’t deter the intrepid Stealth Squadroneers who showed up at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA to fly their model airplanes.

Clubster John Rood and spouse Kathi made the trek from Boston and captured some great moments.   We’ve presented a few here, but check this Link to see the entire collection.

Kathi did a most excellent job of managing most of the mass launch events too.  Many thanks Kathi & John – what a terrific group of folks we have in this club.

Clubster Steve Evans flew his elegant Skylark rubber free flight sport and endurance model.  Our roving photog captured this neat flight VIDEO.  Steve is teaching a model building course at the Roudenbush Center in Westford, MA where they’re building the Skylark.  Contact him at twigsandtissue@gmail.com if you’d like to join the course and the build.

And the outdoor flying season isn’t over yet!  Two November meets are scheduled for 11/6 (Amesbury, MA) and 111/14 (Durham, CT).  Don’t miss these last chances to fly outside with the gang this year.

See you on the flightline skyster!

 

 

 

Sept 19 Durham Meet Pics Posted!

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John Stott few the original Blip model from the Dave Stott hangar. This model has personality and was a construction feature in a long ago issue of Model Builder magazine. Blip flew great for John as it always had for Dave. Fun!

Flying at Pinkham Field!

The Fall meet on the same field where many of the early Flying Aces Club meets were held was a lot of fun. The wind was up in the morning (still flyable), but had dropped by mid afternoon which resulted in many nice flights. Sometimes it pays to wait to get your official flight in for the events.

Clubster and FAC IT Czar Rick Pendzick was awarded his Blue Max by John Stott while Phineas looked on with approval. 

Our roving Photog captured the action.  Some are presented here.  Check the Photos page on this site for lots more pics.

Next meets coming up are October 9 back at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, followed by a couple of season-ending meets in November.  Check the Calendar on this site for the details including CD contacs and Events to be flown.

See you on the flightline skyster!

 

 

 

August Meet Pics Posted!

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The Bumblebee 2 flies! The drama of free flight scale modeling is captured in this action shot. This 13in wingspan model is powered by 2 loops of 3/16 Tan driving a 9in plastic prop. Not many Peanut Scale models can handle this much power.

September Meets coming up!

In August we had two great back to back meets at Pinkham Field (CT) and Woodsom Farm (MA). 

Our roving Photog attended both meets and captured the action.  Some are presented here.  Check the Photos page on this site for lots more pics.

Another two back-to-back meets are scheduled in these same locations in September (9/11 & 9/19). Check the Calendar on this site for the details including CD contacs and Events to be flown.

Fall in New England is the best time to fly Outdoor free flight models so plan to attend one or both of these meets. 

See you on the flightline skyster!